stayin.software has been created by B&B Owners
As B&B owners we got tired of expensive unresponsive web developers, finding ourselves months down the line with constant update issues, lots of small monthly fees and a web site that looks as if a child had built it!
We have spent thousands of our own dollars designing and building a website template in HTML with the travel industry in mind. Specifically we have designed the template around the needs of Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, Guesthouses, Serviced Apartments, Gites and other Holiday Rental accommodation.
Our template is hard coded in HTML and hosted in the UK.
Our websites are not part of a larger site (Database) offering a website for a few $ a month and our template does not allow unproven plugin's.
Why is this important?
Search engines look for content free of unwanted HTML
Search engines want well presented SEO that they can easily access.
Search engines also look for websites whose images are made web ready and tagged
Search engines prefer websites that are fully mobile enabled (This should NOT be an add on)
Search engines also prefer websites that are created for purpose not just a section of a larger database, companies such as 1&1, Wix and WordPress to name just a few offer cheap web solutions but in reality your website is just a section of their database.
Web sites that allow open source plug-ins such as WordPress require continual updating and every plugin could potentially allow in viruses to the site and the server.
Web sites created using the likes of WordPress require constant management and attention to avoid viral attacks.
HTML vs Wordpress and the like?
We have to be honest using WordPress and or another of the database driven sites allows you to become your own web developer, they are quite fun to use and you can quickly create your own site. It can be very rewarding and we would not stand in your way, but...
You can also end up in a mess, viral attacks when software is not updated, plugins that disappear as the developers do not themselves do not update your website, plus a host of layout issues that may/will occur when necessary updates are made.
Also that free or low cost website that was advertised, starts to become expensive as plugins ask for a few dollars here and there, it all mounts up! In truth how much have you paid for your free WordPress site?
Plus many plugin developers offer little or no support when things go wrong, and they will or maybe already have!
The main disadvantage of a website written in HTML is that you need to understand HTML coding, maybe you have this knowledge and skill set, but most accommodation owners do not, so naturally as an Accommodation Owner and not a web developer you take the seemingly easy and cheap option. We understand and did the same ourselves at first!
HTML sites can also allow the developer to keep charging for small changes and never seem to be there when you need them, which is frustrating and expensive. Are you still waiting for a web developer to call or complete your simple request?
I guess there is good and bad in both solutions, perhaps what is needed is a Hybrid an HTML website with a simple to use edit or CMS function?
What is needed is a Hybrid
A Hybrid, a web site template written in HTML but one that gives you access using CMS (Content Management System) to make changes and add key information without you needing to understand HTML.
A web site that does not need you to update it and one that does not let you update plugins that could and will bring unwanted viruses.
Our Hybrid site offers the best of both worlds, it allows you to input into your web design and content development, while maintaining a robust design and offering quality SEO.
We also wanted to make sure that Accommodation owners did not get charged too much, so we created a 'Pay as you Grow' pricing strategy that can cost you as little as €25 a month*
*The price depends upon the size of property and what additional features you need to add, and prices start at just $499.
What do I get for the fee?
A Website template that is fully responsive across all monitors, tablets and smartphones.
A Website that allows you to upload and edit Images and text on places of interest near to your business
A Website that allows you to create a blog where you can upload and edit images and text as well as share them with your social media accounts.
A Website that displays your booking system
We can also provide a booking system which integrates to Beds24 and offers full channel management capability*
A Website that allows you to upload new images and edit text on any page
A website that does not allow you to mess up the layout
A website that will allow you to do some of the SEO yourself.
A website that allows you to build a database of users
A Website that allows you to add new pages (under our watchful eye)
*There is an additional charge for this, but again we believe Beds24 to be very price competitive.
What happens after the site is created?
Using Photoshop Stayin.software (SIS) will enhance and make your images ready for the web, we will also show you how to tag your Photos*
SIS will set up the site with the text you provide creating a web ready site ready for you to go edit and develop
SIS will train and support you during the initial process and offer additional training through http://stayin.education
SIS will make minor changes on an ongoing basis if you are just not able or interested in working on the website yourself
SIS can provide Logos*
SIS can also help with SEO*
SIS will register you with www.stayin.town our own accommodation portal, which has no membership or booking commission charges.
SIS will create unlimited emails for you (Also website hosting is free)
SIS can also carry out bespoke development*
*Over 20 photos will incur additional fees, so does logo design and advanced SEO. Bespoke development should not be needed but is available at very reasonable rates.
Once your website is complete stayin.software will pass you onto stayin.education where you can learn how to market your business on the internet.
Plus learn many other useful skills associated with the travel industry. Our unique e-learning platform will help you develop, manage and enjoy your business.